Prince Avalanche


Prince Avalanche

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A step back in the right direction for director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche shambles amiably along with a pair of artfully low-key performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.



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Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. -- (C) Magnolia Pictures

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  • David Gordon Green returns to serious filmmaking with this Waiting for Godot for the All Tomorrow's Parties set.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year.

    Oct 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Its absurdist tact won't be for everybody, but there is satisfaction in the nuanced, often-pleasing performances from Rudd and Hirsch as they slowly reveal their characters to both the audience and each other. These two grow on you.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] gently existentialist buddy movie.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film.

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prince Avalanche

An enjoyable blend of funny and melancholy that benefits from Green's solid direction and strong performances by Rudd and Hirsch, even if it feels a bit vague and purposely enigmatic as its title, with the dialogue also becoming artificial after a certain hip accident scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Cinematography was beautiful and the story seemed like it was going to be touching, but it never really all came together. Ended up feeling kind of incomplete.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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Alvin: True love is like a ghost- people talk about it, but very few have seen it. Prince Avalanche is a return to roots for David Gordon Green. It takes him back to the quiet, indie type of filmmaking that got him started with a movie like George Washington. It has no real beginning and no real ending, and it definitely isn't for everyone. It's a completely different type of film then the comedies he's been making like Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter, and it shows is versatility as a filmmaker. Two guys, Alvin and Lance are working on an isolated highway away from any town during the summer of 1988. They're painting the lines on a road that had been destroyed, along with many houses during a major wildfire in Texas. The two are very different, but they begin to kindle a friendship as they help each other through tough moments of their lives. This is a movie that many will think is boring, pointless filmmaking, but if you are like me, and enjoy these subtle, performance driven movies, then it's worth a look. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch give good performances, and for the most part are the only people on screen. In the end, I never feel in love with the film, but it was one I enjoyed for the most part. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

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Well, I watched this to see my fave Paul Rudd. If he hadn't been in it, I most likely wouldn't even made it half way through. It is very slow, and dull, but he helped with the tediousness, Nothing exciting to see here, just a story slowly unfolding in front of our eyes...very slowly.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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